Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children For Use with the Roman Missal, Third Edition
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Acknowledgements Excerpts from the English translation and chants of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. The English translation of Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children © 1975, 2013, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children I . . . . . . . . 9 Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children II . . . . . . 19 Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children III A (For use outside Easter Time) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children III B (For use during Easter Time) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 THe communion rite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
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INTRODUCTION 1. The text of Eucharistic Prayers adapted for children should help them to participate with greater benefit in the Masses celebrated for adults. Thus the Directory for Masses with Children decreed that some texts of the Mass are never to be adapted for children ‘lest the difference between Masses with children and the Masses with adults become too pronounced’. Among these texts are the ‘acclamations and the responses to the priest’s greeting’.1 The dialogue of the Preface of these Eucharistic Prayers is therefore always the same as in Masses for adults and the same holds for the Sanctus, apart from what is stated in no. 14 below. 2. In accordance with the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum, the words of the Lord in each formula of the canon are likewise the same.2 3. Before the words, ‘Do this in memory of me’, a sentence has been introduced: ‘Then he said to them’. This is to enable children to distinguish more clearly what is said over the bread and wine and what refers to the continuation of the celebration. 4. Each of the three Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children contains all the elements of a Eucharistic Prayer in accordance with no. 79 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, with some very infrequent exceptions. 5. Not only are all the required elements present but also those elements which are always expressed in accordance with tradition, for example, in the memorial or invocation of the Spirit, but in a simpler style of language adapted to the understanding of children. 6. Although a simpler style of language was adopted, the authors always had in mind the importance of avoiding the dangers of childish language which would jeopardize the dignity of the Eucharistic celebration, especially in the case of words to be said by the celebrant himself.
Cf. Directory for Masses with Children, no. 39: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 66 (1974), 41-42. Acta Apostolicae Sedis 61 (1969), 219.
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7. Because the principles of active participation are in some respects even more significant for children, the number of acclamations in the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children has been increased in order to enlarge this kind of participation and make it more effective.3 This has been done without obscuring the nature of the Eucharistic Prayer as a presidential prayer. 8. The Conferences of Bishop should see that new musical settings are prepared for the parts of the prayers to be sung by the children, in accordance with the culture of the region.
Liturgical Use of These Prayers 9. The use of these Eucharistic Prayers is strictly limited to Masses celebrated for children, and for those children who have not entered the period of preadolescence, or for those Masses in which the majority of the participants are children of that age. The right of the Bishop, which is determined in the Directory for Masses with Children,4 remains, however, intact. 10. Each Eucharistic Prayer includes its own proper Preface, which may not be exchanged with another Preface, because of the unique structure and nature of each Prayer. 11. In Eucharistic Prayer I, the acclamation of the faithful which is made at the end of the Consecration is positioned a few lines later than usual. This is done for pedagogical reasons. So that the children may clearly understand the connection between the words of the Lord, â€˜Do this in memory of meâ€™, and the memorial pronounced by the Priest, the acclamation, whether a memorial acclamation or one of praise, is not made until after the memorial (anamnesis) has been spoken. 12. To encourage participation by the children, it is permissible, in accordance with the Directory for Masses with Children, to name special reasons for thanksgiving before the dialogue of the preface.5 The regulations of no. 33 of the Directory also apply for participation through gestures and bodily postures. Above all great stress should be placed upon internal participation, and what is said in no. 23 of festive, fraternal, meditative celebration is especially true of the Eucharistic Prayer. Cf. Directory for Masses with Children, no. 22: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 66 (1974), 36. Cf. ibidem, no. 19: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 66 (1974), 35. 5 Cf. ibidem, no. 22: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 66 (1974), 37. 3 4
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13. To encourage this internal participation, which should be a deep concern of the pastors of children, it is necessary that the celebration be preceded and followed by careful catechetical instruction. Among the texts which will clearly express this catechesis to children, a prominent place belongs to the Eucharistic Prayers, which will be used as the high point in the celebrations.6
A) Eucharistic Prayer I 14. In order to accustom children more easily to the Sanctus, the first Eucharistic Prayer divides it into the parts which are concluded by the acclamation, Hosanna in the highest. These acclamations may be sung or recited with a cantor or one of the children leading. The third time the entire song may be sung or recited by all.
B) Eucharistic Prayer II 15. In the second Eucharistic Prayer, the Sanctus and the memorial acclamations are retained. The acclamations which are inserted after the words of the Lord recited over the bread and wine may be considered and sung as a common meditation on the Eucharistic mystery.
C) Eucharistic Prayer III 16. In the third Eucharistic Prayer a variant for Easter Time is indicated. Also, after the consecration the same acclamation occurs three times in the same way so that the character of praise and thanksgiving of the entire prayer may be suggested to the children.
Cf. ibidem, no. 12: Acta Apostolicae Sedis 66 (1974), 33.
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The Manner of Pronouncing Eucharistic Prayer I for Masses with Children when Concelebration takes place In view of the psychology of children it seems better to refrain from concelebration when Mass is celebrated with children. However, when in particular cases concelebration is chosen, the following directions are to be followed: Everything up to and including So we are glad to sing is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands extended. The words from God our Father, all over the world up to and including to adore you as we sing may be said by one or other of the concelebrants, who pronounces them alone, with hands extended, and in a loud voice. From God our Father, you are most holy up to and including the Body and Blood of your Son all the concelebrants pronounce everything together, in this manner: a) God our Father, you are most holy through Blood of Jesus your Son, with hands extended toward the offerings; b) Then we can offer to you and On the night before he died with hands joined; c) the words of the Lord, with each extending his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; and at the elevation looking toward them and after this bowing profoundly; d) We do now and Father, because you love us with hands extended. The intercession Lord, you never forget any of your children until Jesus your Son, and so we sing may be assigned to one or other of the concelebrants, who pronounces it alone, with hands extended. 9
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EUCHARISTIC PRAYER FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN I & & &
V. The Lord
œ œ œ
œ œ œ œ
R. And with
R. We lift
œ œ œ œœ œ œ
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord
spir - it.
œ œ œœ œ œœ
R. It is right
1. V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit. V. Lift up your hearts. R. We lift them up to the Lord. V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R. It is right and just. PC God our Father,
you have brought us here together so that we can give you thanks and praise for all the wonderful things you have done. We thank you for all that is beautiful in the world and for the happiness you have given us. We praise you for daylight and for your word which lights up our minds. We praise you for the earth, and all the people who live on it, and for our life which comes from you. We know that you are good. You love us and do great things for us. 11
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[So we all sing (say) together:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.] 2. The Priest, with hands extended, says: PC Father,
you are always thinking about your people; you never forget us. You sent us your Son Jesus, who gave his life for us and who came to save us. He cured sick people; he cared for those who were poor and wept with those who were sad. He forgave sinners and taught us to forgive each other. He loved everyone and showed us how to be kind. He took children in his arms and blessed them. [So we all sing (say) together:
œ œ œ
Bles - sed
Ho - san
high - est.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.]
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3. The Priest, with hands extended, continues: PC God our Father, CI
all over the world your people praise you. So now we pray with the whole Church: with N., our Pope and N., our Bishop.1 In heaven the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostles and all the Saints always sing your praise. Now we join with them and with the Angels to adore you as we sing (say): All say:
& œ œœ Ho - ly,
Ho - ly,
& œ œ œ œ œ
full of your glo - ry.
œ œ œœ œ œ œ
Ho - ly Lord
God of hosts.
œ œ œ œœ œ
Heav-en and earth
œ œ œ œ œ œ œ
Ho - san - na
œ œ œ œ œ œ œ
in the high - est.
who comes in the name of the Lord.
œ œ œ œœ
Bles - sed
œ œ œ œ œ œ œœ œœ
Ho - san - na
in the high - est.
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Mention may be made here of the Coadjutor Bishop, or Auxiliary Bishops, as noted in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 149.
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4. The Priest, with hands extended, says: CC God our Father,
you are most holy and we want to show you that we are grateful. We bring you bread and wine He joins his hands and, holding them extended over the offerings, says:
and ask you to send your Holy Spirit to make these gifts He joins his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross once over the bread and chalice together, saying:
the Body âœ and Blood of Jesus your Son. He joins his hands.
Then we can offer to you what you have given to us. 5. In the formulas that follow, the words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.
On the night before he died, Jesus was having supper with his Apostles. He takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:
He took bread from the table. He gave you thanks and praise. Then he broke the bread, gave it to his friends, and said: He bows slightly.
this , all of you , and eat of it ,
for this is my
b ody ,
which will be given up for you .
He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration.
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6. After this, he continues:
When supper was ended, He takes the chalice and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:
Jesus took the chalice that was filled with wine. He thanked you, gave it to his friends, and said: He bows slightly.
this , all of you , and drink from it ,
for this is the chalice of my the
b lood ,
of the new and eternal covenant ,
which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins .
Then he said to them:
this in memory of me .
He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration.
7. Then, with hands extended, the Priest says: CC We do now what Jesus told us to do.
We remember his Death and his Resurrection and we offer you, Father, the bread that gives us life, and the chalice that saves us. Jesus brings us to you; welcome us as you welcome him.
pro - claim our faith:
PC Let us proclaim our faith:
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